The UCLA Men’s Water Polo team will play in the Mountain Pacific Invitational this weekend which is being hosted by both Southern Cal and Loyola Marymount.
The Bruins first game of the weekend is this afternoon against Loyola Marymount. The Bruins are the #4 seed in the tournament. The significance of the tournament cannot be underestimated because this is really the first chance to shuffle the top four teams in the country based on the results this weekend.
UCLA heads into the tournament this weekend still undefeated with an 8-0 record.
Last Friday night, the Bruins fell behind 3-0 early to UCSB, but scored 10 of the next 12 points to win 10-5. After going to 3-0, Alex Roelse scored the first goal of the night for the Bruins on an exclusion with just 8 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Bruins scored the first four goals of the second quarter. Two of them came from Nicholas Saveljic who scored UCLA’s second goal of the game and then tied it at 3-3. Freshman Felix Brozyna-Vilim gave the Bruins the lead for good with the next goal, breaking the tie and giving UCLA a 4-3 lead. Roelse’s second goal of the game gave UCLA a 5-3 lead before the Gauchos ended the Bruin scoring streak to make it 5-4 at the half.
Saveljic’s first of two third quarter goals proved to be the game-winner as it gave UCLA a 6-4 lead. Roelse complete his hat trick in the third quarter as well while Evan Rosenfeld scored his first goal of the game to give the Bruins a 9-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, Warren Snyder scored UCLA’s only goal while Ivan Gvozdanovic scored the Gauchos’ only goal of the quarter and the final was 10-5, Bruins.